The Ins on the Line

By S. Deborah Kang,

Book cover of The Ins on the Line: Making Immigration Law on the Us-Mexico Border, 1917-1954

Book description

For much of the twentieth century, Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) officials recognized that the US-Mexico border region was different. Here, they confronted a set of political, social, and environmental obstacles that prevented them from replicating their achievements on Angel Island and Ellis Island, the most restrictive immigration stations in…

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1 author picked The Ins on the Line as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

While writing my own book, this is the book that I had to keep going back to for all the historical detail on the early Border Patrol. It’s an academic book, but it does a great job of explaining the story of the early Border Patrol from the perspective of the people in the borderlands. 

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